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Time Machine Description

Time Machine backs up all of your files to an external hard drive, allowing you to restore them later when you want. The backup software is intended to work with Time Capsule storage program together with other internal and external disk drives.

Once enabled, free Time Machine for Mac takes periodic snapshots of your files and catalogs them on Time Capsule or an external hard drive you plugged in. It automatically makes hourly backups for the past 24 hours, daily backups for the formerly month, and weekly backups for all previous months. When your system’s backup drive gets full, the data recovery software deletes the oldest backups and replaces them with newer versions.

For backups to a network device, the system tool lets you back up your Mac computer via AirPort networking. It also supports backing up to certain network attached storage (NAS) servers or devices. The application uses the most common format for your backup drive i.e. Mac OS Extended (Journaled) format. If the connected drive doesn’t have the right format, the backup utility will prompt you to reformat it. Download Time Machine to backup all your important files in order to protect them against any damage.

Not only does the Time Machine make it extremely easy to maintain automatic backups of your files, but also makes it equally simple to restore the entire Mac system or particular files from recovery hard disk. The backup & recovery software works within iLife, iWork, and other similar programs, giving you the possibility to restore individual files like contacts, images, calendar events, etc., without leaving the application.

Key features of Time Machine

 > Allows you to check backup status of your files

 > You can stop and pause a backup process anytime

 > Lets you include and exclude files from backups

 > Notifies you whenever it is unable to complete a backup

 > Keeps track of files and folders that have changed since your last backup

 > Compares an ‘inventory’ of your current data to that of the backup data

 > Support for file versioning

The pros

 > Easy-to-use interface

 > Supports redundancy and multiple backups

 > Can back up any files, including images, documents and sound files

 > Supported disk formats: Mac OS Extended (Case-sensitive, Journaled, Encrypted), Mac OS Extended (Case-sensitive, Journaled), Xsan formats

The cons

 > Requires an Apple specific HFS + file system to store backups

 > The destination volume for storage must be larger than the boot value

The bottom line

Time Machine is a fantastic backup & restore utility for Mac users. Apart from keeping spares of every file, the program provides additional backup security and convenience. It allows you to encrypt your backups to keep them protected and makes them accessible only to users with the password.

With the ability to create backups of your files hourly, daily and weekly, Time Machine is termed as one of the best free backup software for Mac.

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Free
Mac OS X
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